|Re: reduce/re-use/re-cycle/ green-grey||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: HeidiNYS (HeidiNYSaol.com)|
|Date: Thu, 7 Oct 2004 08:12:12 -0700 (PDT)|
> Dear Duncan, > you've framed a very important question, one too often missed, so thanks. I'm looking forward to seeing responses to this one too! I will mention that when we did our research for appliances for CommonHouse, we were advised to get a new/newish fridge. Technology has changed so that the older ones used a coolant that's no longer acceptable [and this was seven years ago, so by now may be a generation of used 'new' ones.] Also, Consumer Reports may be helpfulin which of the ones you find used are actually most energy/water efficient. Tangentially, one of the huge environmental benefits of co-housing is clustering the homes. Here, we've got one parking area for example, rather than blacktopping 18 driveways. Similar benefits to not having individual septics & wells.... all take their toll. The preservation of earth in clustering can get overlooked , and it's a big benefit! Best, Ruth Hirsch, Cantines Island CoHo, Saugerties,NY > > Duncan Cavens wrote: > > Hi everyone, > > > > This is a very relevant question to my partner and I right now: our home > > in Roberts Creek Cohousing (near Vancouver, B.C.) will be finished at > > the end of the month. > > We've been trying to figure out the environmental benefits/costs about > > buying new energy efficient appliances vs. buying slightly used > > appliances. I've done a lot of searching, but have not been able to > > find any information other than factsheetsfrom Federal Energy > > authorities that seem to only promote the appliance manufacturers (i.e. > > "current appliances are twice as efficient as appliances from 10 years > > ago".) > > > > While this information is useful, I'd like to know what the impacts are > > of manufacturing a new stove, shipping it halfway across the country, > > and what the impacts are of disposing/recycling of the old appliance > > that we wouldn't be buying on the second-hand market (we don't currently > > own any appliances.) My gut feeling is that the net impact of making > > a new appliance (fridge/stove/etc.) far outweigh the environmental > > benefits of a new appliance, but I have no way of figuring this out. > > Money isn't really the issue (although slightly used models run for > > about 1/4 to 1/8 the cost of new.) > > > > Does anyone have any insight / resources/ etc. on this topic? > >
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